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Strawberry Shortcake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


9 servings

Updated: May. 17, 2023
I grew up helping my mom make a lot in our farmhouse kitchen; strawberry shortcakes, roasts, soups and pies. This sunny strawberry shortcake recipe brings back memories of family summers on the farm. —Janet Becker, Anacortes, Washington


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1-1/2 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced


  1. In a bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Spread in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  2. Cut into nine servings. Split each serving horizontally and fill with whipped cream and strawberries. Replace top of cake; garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and more berries. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Shortcake Tips

How do you cut strawberries for strawberry shortcake?

To cut strawberries, start by twisting and pulling off the green stem of the berry. Then place the berry stem side down on a cutting board; cut into ¼-inch slices. Have leftover strawberries? Use them up in these strawberry recipes.

How can I customize this recipe?

Flavor your whipped cream by adding 1 tsp. of lemon zest and 2 tsp. of lemon juice to the cold whipping cream; whip until soft peaks form (make sure you're making whipped cream the right way!). While strawberries are the most classic, you could also use blueberries, blackberries or raspberries in this recipe. Check out our other shortcake recipes for inspiration, too.

Any other tips?

Make sure you mix your dry ingredients really well before adding to the wet ingredients. You don't want any pockets of baking powder in your finished cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 231 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.